Thank you for your feedback on the Late Night Trading Development Control (LNT DCP) plan which was exhibited from 6 December 2021 to 31 January 2022.

Feedback received during the consultation period demonstrated that the Parramatta community is in favour of late night trading and its potential to activate the city after work and for workers who work late into the night in Parramatta. The submissions recognised the relationship between vibrancy and a feeling of safety and security in the city at night. Many submissions expressed support for the draft LNT DCP, particularly the role it can play in facilitating the growth of the night time economy in Parramatta. These submissions also indicated support for further policy development that can support this growth.

Council has made amendments to the draft LNT DCP based on feedback received from the community and businesses. These changes include:

  • Wording changes in the document for easier comprehension
  • Adjustments to the boundaries of the Late Night Trading Areas
  • Amendments to the operating hours specified in the Late Night Trading Areas
  • Adjustments to the acoustic controls

You can see more details on the proposed changes in the amended draft LNT DCP which is available in the resources section.

The draft LNT DCP will go to Council for endorsement at the next Council Meeting on Monday 8 August.


City of Parramatta Council recognises that late night trading businesses are a crucial part of our economy and contribute many benefits to residents including exposure to local food and beverage cultural activities, live music, social gatherings and events.

The Late Night Trading Development Control Plan will assist in the city’s transition to a 24-hour centre by facilitating a greater mix of things to see, do and explore while meeting the emerging needs of our communities.

The proposed controls aim to facilitate growth and diversification of the night-time economy by balancing night-time vibrancy and reasonable levels of residential amenity, encouraging a broad and inclusive mix of uses throughout the night, and ensuring good venue practices to promote safety and community amenity.

Public exhibition

Council invited feedback on the exhibition of the draft Late Night Trading Development Control Plan from Monday 6 December 2021 to Monday 31 January 2022.

Community feedback

Explore the results of Council's community engagement on the draft Late Night Trading DCP.

Further information

Review the Exhibition Material, Business and Resident User Guides, FAQs in the resources section.

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  • 자세한 정보는 이 페이지 오른편에 있는 ‘자료 (Resources)’ 섹션에서 확인하실 수 있습니다.
  • 更多信息见本页右侧的“资源”部分。

To learn more and get answers to any questions that you may have, please contact the project team via the details below.

Map: Late night trading areas

Click on highlighted areas of the map, search addresses and zoom in to learn more about the identified Late Night Trading Areas (LNTAs).

Frequently asked questions

The Late Night Trading Development Control Plan (LNT DCP) is an objective development assessment framework for licensed and non-licensed trading between 10pm and 6am.

The Draft LNT DCP also includes place-based acoustic controls that look to balance vibrancy and amenity; trial periods for extended hours that aim to provide certainty for venues operators and management of venue impacts; and standardised and impact-based plan of management requirements to facilitate good venue management practices.

Currently, Council does not have a specific set of controls that apply to late night trading. Development applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, leading to inconsistent outcomes for businesses. This is a major barrier to encouraging more diverse uses and activities at night.

A specific set of controls will help Council guide the growth and management of the night-time economy across the LGA. It will also give businesses that contribute to the night-time economy a principal point of reference for planning controls and regulations.

The LNT DCP applies to new development applications for night-time development within designated Late Night Trading Areas. Night-time development can include small bars, bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, retail shops, performance venues, cultural and sporting venues.

The LNT DCP is not retrospective and will not change existing operating conditions or uses. The LNT DCP will only apply to new development applications.

Late Night Trading Areas (LNTAs) are designated areas within the LGA that have existing night-time activity and potential to grow as night-time areas. There are four areas identified in the LNT DCP:

  1. CBD LNTA 1 – centred around the commercial core of the Parramatta CBD;
  2. CBD LNTA 2 – areas that have a mix of commercial, retail, and residential uses such as the indoor and outdoor dining activity on Eat Street and Church Street
  3. Urban Centre LNTA 3 – a range of centres around the LGA with a lower concentration of late night trading venues, but serve the local community and are located close to public transport. These areas include parts of the CBD, Harris Park, Epping, Westmead, Granville and Wentworth Point.
  4. Local Centre LNTA 4 – retail centres and high street areas that can accommodate smaller-scale uses like restaurants, cafes, small bars, retail and neighbourhood groceries.

Development applications for late night trading within the LNTAs will be assessed according to the provisions in the LNT DCP. Applications outside of these four areas will be assessed according to merit.

View the Late Night Trading Areas in the interactive map above on this project page.

The trading hours that a venue can apply for depend on their venue category and what LNMA they are located in. There are three venue categories:

  1. High impact premises;
  2. Medium impact premises; and
  3. Non-licensed premises.

Each LNTA has a set of base hours and extended trading hours that can apply to late night trading venues. Base hours are the standard set of hours that all venues can trade within once an application is approved.

Extended hours may be approved above base hours on a trial basis and are considered maximum hours.

Late Night Trading Area

Venue category & location

Base hours

Extended hours


High Impact & Low Impact


6am to 2am

24 hours


6am to 11pm

6am to 3am



24 hours



High Impact & Low Impact


6am to 2am

6am to 3am


10am to 10pm

6am to midnight*



24 hours


Urban Centre LNTA 3

High Impact & Low Impact


6am to midnight

6am to 2am


10am to 10pm

6am to midnight*



24 hours


Local Centre LNTA 4

High Impact & Low Impact


10am to 10pm

10am to midnight


7am to 8pm

7am to 10pm



7am to midnight


Outside of Late Night Trading Areas


Merit assessed


* Outdoor areas with a direct frontage to the River foreshore will have maximum trading hours until 10pm.

Extended hours can apply to outdoor areas. A high impact venue in CBD LNTA 1 can trade up to 3am outdoors, up to midnight in CBD LNTA 2, up to midnight in Urban Centre LNTA 3 and up to 10pm in Local Centre LNTA 4.

Outdoor areas that directly face onto the River foreshore will only be able to trade until 10pm.

Extended hours may be approved above base hours based on a trial period. Trial periods give venue operators the opportunity to demonstrate that the proposed hours will have no unreasonable impacts on surrounding areas and that the venue will be well-managed. They also provide Council with a mechanism for managing potential impacts.

The LNT DCP proposes that any application for extended hours will be subject to a trial period of 12 months.

After completing a successful trial, an application can be lodged to formalise extended trading hours. Trial periods can be extended or cancelled. If a trial is extended, it can only be extended up to the length of the first trial.

More detail on the application process can be found in LNT DCP User Guide for Businesses.

Parramatta’s transformation into a vibrant and diverse night-time centre will offer many benefits to its residents including exposure to local food and beverage, cultural activities, live music, social gatherings, events and later trading businesses.

However, living in close proximity to a commercial or industrial centre can cause amenity impacts as a result of operating hours, odour, noise, lighting, traffic and measures associated with night-time activity.

Currently, Council’s acoustic controls take a blanket approach to managing noise. This means that noise arising from live music in the CBD is viewed the same as a community member playing loud music after 10pm in a residential area.

Council has a responsibility to balance the successful operation of local businesses with the amenity of residents. The LNT DCP provides a framework for Council to proactively address any concerns around noise and public behaviour.

The LNT DCP includes place-based acoustic controls that balance management and mitigation of noise between emitters (venues, premises, etc.) and receivers (residential uses, hotels, education, etc.).

View the proposed controls for the Parramatta CBD in the interactive map above on this project page.

The proposed controls in the LNT DCP would enable a more flexible approach to managing noise across the LGA. They also consider not just what levels of activity are present now, but also what levels of activity are desirable for the City in the future.

A more flexible, nuanced approach holistically considers noise and sound within a specific context and can facilitate a vibrant city that everyone can enjoy.

Council invites the community to have their say on the draft LNT DCP. Council seeks feedback on the proposed LNTAs, trading hours and acoustic controls.

Council will use community and stakeholder feedback to determine if the proposed controls match community expectations around what kind of City communities want to see and experience.

A report of the results of community consultation will be completed.


If you need assistance preparing a submission, or you would you like information provided in another language or format, please contact Council's Economic Development Team on 1300 617 058 or via nte@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Please let them know that you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.


市议会致力于确保每个人都能获得所需要的信息。如果您需要以其它语言或格式获取信息,请致电 1300 617 058 或发送电邮至 participate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

如果您希望以其它语言进行电话交谈,请致电 131 450 联系 TIS 全国服务中心获取免费传译服务。告诉他们您想与 Parramatta 市议会通话和您选用的语言,他们就会为您接通。

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